Timothy Bradley Jr. hurts ligaments
Timothy Bradley Jr., who won a hugely controversial split decision against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night in Las Vegas to claim a welterweight world title, is going to be off his feet for a while.
Bradley, who suffered injuries to both of his feet in the bout and came to the postfight news conference in a wheelchair, has strained and pulled ligaments in his left foot and will be in a cast for eight weeks, manager Cameron Dunkin told ESPN.com on Wednesday.
Bradley also suffered a badly swollen right ankle. At first, Bradley thought he fractured his left foot.
After having X-rays at the hospital in Las Vegas after the bout, Bradley was told he needed an MRI for a more accurate diagnosis, so he visited his doctor in his hometown of Palm Springs, Calif., on Monday, Dunkin said.
Dunkin said he had an MRI on both of his feet.
Bradley twisted his right ankle, which was "extremely swollen, like a grapefruit," Dunkin said. However, Dunkin said the exam showed no serious damage to the right foot.
"Timmy was told to keep it elevated, put ice on it and heat on it and stay off it," Dunkin said. "He thinks he [twisted it by stepping] on the referee's foot."
Bradley's left foot, which he thought he injured in the second round, was in worse shape, even though it turned out that there was no fracture.
"The left foot was the one we were really concerned about because it had like a dip on the top of the foot and had really bad swelling. The whole foot was bad. So we didn't know what was wrong," Dunkin said. "When he went to the hospital in Las Vegas after the fight, they said it's possible he had a fracture but they didn't see anything on the X-ray. They said, 'There's definitely something wrong. You need an MRI.' "
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Dunkin said the left foot was diagnosed with "pulled ligaments in it, but nothing was snapped or too bad. But they were strained and the ligaments were badly damaged. They said he needs to be off his feet for eight weeks. He'll be in a wheelchair and eventually he'll get crutches and his right foot will be OK, and he can hobble around while his left foot is in a cast."
Dunkin said Bradley had a problem with the ring mat, which he said was softer than usual.
"He said the mat sunk about 3 inches, that it was really soft and hard to move around," Dunkin said. "He thought maybe that was part of the problem he had with his feet. He'll be in the cast for eight weeks and then have his [left] foot re-examined. He's on anti-inflammatories. For him not to get knocked down by Pacquiao when he has no feet, that shows you the kind of fighter he is. Now we just want him to rest and heal properly."
Bradley was resting after the fight -- which HBO will replay at 10 ET Saturday night along with its live coverage of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Andy Lee middleweight title bout from the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas -- and tweeted on Tuesday that he had finally watched the television pay-per-view broadcast of the fight.
"I would like to thank all my friends, family, and supporters," he said. "I finally had a chance to watch the fight [Monday] night and after watching it I felt just like I did the night of the fight. I won the fight! Pacquiao is a great man and great fighter. He will have a chance to get his title back. I will be able to get a more definitive win."
Pacquiao has a rematch clause in his contract that he said he planned to exercise and Bradley has said he would honor the commitment. It probably will happen Nov. 10, the date Top Rank promoter Bob Arum had long ago set aside for Pacquiao's next fight, be it a rematch against Bradley or a matchup with somebody else.
Judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross both scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Bradley while Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao, setting off a firestorm of controversy because most observers thought that Pacquiao had clearly won the fight, many by a wide margin.
The WBO announced Wednesday that it will review the fight.